1985 Lancia 037

Artcurial Parisienne 2021
Friday, 5 February
€533,600 ($642,188)
Sale Price
€500,000 - €800,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
5 February 2021
Sold Date
12
Lot Number
#3+
Visually maintained, largely original
Artcurial
Auction House
Chassis no. ZLA151AR000000412. White with Martini graphics over dark blue. 2111-cc supercharged four, 5-speed, rear-wheel drive, Sparco seats, Sabelt harnesses.

Evaluation: Evo 2 model with larger engine. Unverified period competition history, but repainted in Martini colors in the late 1980s so at least it looks just right. Like the other Group B cars out of this collection, it’s dull and dusty from sitting, and needs sorting before any sort of hard driving.

Bottom Line: Lancia’s nimble supercharged 037 was the last rear-wheel drive car to win the World Rally Championship, in a thrilling David-beats-Goliath 1983 season. Lancia was on a shoestring budget and campaigning a flawed car. Audi was backed by tons of corporate money and had its cutting edge all-wheel drive Sport Quattros. But, at the end of it all, Lancia took the title by two points. By the ’84 season, however, it was clear that all-wheel drive turbos were the way of the future even if the 037 was still competitive on tarmac stages.

30-plus years later, the 037 is among the most valuable cars of the Group B era. Stradale (street) versions are less extreme but more usable than the rally cars, and several have sold for serious money, including a €770,000 ($870,000) car at Essen in 2019 and a €451,000 ($588,000) car through one of RM’s “Online Only” auctions last year. Probably the most direct comparison to this car, though, was another Evo 2 model painted in Martini colors but with no period competition history that sold through a Dorotheum auction in 2019 for €406,200 ($490,000). Given this car’s mechanical needs, then, its price was very strong.

by Andrew Newton
12 February 2021
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